The Heritage Monitor

The Heritage Monitor presents substantiated facts and figures about cultural heritage in the Netherlands. The Heritage Monitor (in Dutch: Erfgoedmonitor) provides insights into the development and current position of cultural heritage in the Netherlands. The Monitor regularly measures a fixed set of indicators in the areas of archaeology, historic buildings, historic landscapes and museums and collections, thus highlighting trends and developments over the course of time. It also collects data on immaterial and movable heritage.

The data presented here are compiled and updated on a structural basis. These data are derived from databases and registers maintained by the Cultural Heritage Agency and other parties, or are collected through focused research in consultation and in collaboration with organizations in the field. Below each indicator, the source(s), reference date, monitor frequency and collection method are stated for the data in question. provides a general picture of the current position of cultural heritage at the national level. Where possible, data are also supplied for regional levels (province, municipality). This gives policymakers access to a dataset that provides input for policy and research at the national, regional and local levels.

The Heritage Monitor is regularly updated and will be further extended in the coming years. Additions will be published as soon as they become available.

Every four years the Cultural Heritage Department of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science publishes the Heritage Review. This document links the data in the Heritage Monitor to the political policies that have been implemented.